SU's Eric Dungey enters second year of same offense for first time in football career
Eric Dungey returns for his junior season, a year older, wiser and most importantly, bigger.
The Lake Oswego, Oregon native has a history of injuries in his two seasons with the Orange. However, this year, there's reason to believe Dungey has improved his physical stature enough to firmly believe injuries will no longer be an issue.
Along with the improvement in his physique, also comes the second year of learning Dino Babers' high-flying offense.
Believe it or not, Dungey has never had the opportunity to learn under the same offensive scheme in back-to-back seasons.
This year, that changes.
"I'm excited, I can't wait," Dungey said. "Camp, we're getting into knowing everything. So we're kind of doing the install right now to kind of learn so much more and pick up all of the little things that you bypassed last year so it's been great I'm looking forward to learning the offense again so it's going to be fun."
'Fun' is a popular term used when referring to Babers' offense. It worked at Northern Illinois. It worked at Bowling Green.
Babers is determined to have it work at Syracuse -- with Dungey at the helm.
"It was something that he said to the fact that he had never had the exact same offense for two years in a row, since high school." Coach Babers said that "even in high school he never had the same offense for two years in a row and he only was in 8 out of the 12 games last year so this will actually be the first time he will ever be in for two years with the same offense. When you looked at him last year there was an uneasiness to him. I think that there is some peace to him right now with him coming back into this thing he can foresee some things before they can happen and I want him to be able to anticipate a call before he even enters the game."
Babers was genuinely surprised when telling the story of Dungey's lack of familiarity with any offense for an extended period of time.
That will no longer be an issue under Babers, whose offense is among the new wave of college football.
Dungey will look to improve upon his 2016 output, which was the best of his two-year career with Syracuse. However, with an entire year of experience under his belt, the junior signal-caller should take off in 2017.